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Journal Submission Application Instructions

Submissions for the Sigma Tau Delta journals are accepted during the Spring Awards Cycle. See the Awards Overview page for the journal application windows.

How to Submit

AwardSpring

Submissions for the Sigma Tau Delta journals are accepted through AwardSpring. The link to access the Sigma Tau Delta AwardSpring platform will be posted on the AwardSpring Application informational page of our website during the spring application window.

Register for an account with your email address and a password in AwardSpring. If you have used AwardSpring previously to apply for another Sigma Tau Delta Award you already have an account. 

Application Materials

Step 1: Verify Unpublished Status

Previously published materials (including those in campus publications) are ineligible for submission.

In this step agree to this statement, "This submission has not been previously published."

Step 2: Verify Original Work Statement

In this step agree to the statement, "This is an original work; I am the sole creator and author."

Step 3: Add Author Information

1. Complete the following information fields that include

  • Phone Number
  • Your Legal Name
  • Chapter Advisor Name (first and last name) *
  • Chapter Advisor's Email
  • Your Academic Level (graduate or undergraduate)
  • Anticipated Graduation Year
  • Induction Semester
  • Induction Year

* See Chapter Directory. Chapter/Faculty Advisors are included within the chapter listing.

Step 4: Select Topic and Add Abstract

1. Add Topic

Rectangle Topics

  • Creative Nonfiction
  • Fiction
  • Poetry

Review Topics

  • Anglo-Saxon and Medieval British Literature
  • 16th/17th Century British Literature
  • Restoration and/or 18th Century British Literature
  • Romanticism and/or Early 19th Century British Literature
  • Victorian and/or Later 19th Century British Literature
  • Colonial American Literature
  • 19th Century American Literature
  • 20th/21st Century American Literature
  • World Literature
  • Critical Theory
  • Linguistics/Language Studies
  • Teaching Literature; Practices and Pedagogy
  • Teaching Writing; Practices and Pedagogy
  • Film and Media Study
  • Popular Culture
  • Other

2. Enter the title of your submission. For poetry, enter the title of your collection of 1 - 3 poems.

3. Enter your word count. Review submissions should not exceed 3,000 words, excluding notes and words cited. Rectangle submissions should not exceed 2,500 words.

4. Enter your one-sentence abstract.

Step 5: Upload Your Paper

Choose file to Upload.

  • Upload your (doc or docx) document directly from your computer.
    • Uploading your document from an external drive or web location may cause an upload error.
    • Upload only a doc or docx. Please do not upload a PDF.
    • Keep your document file name shorter than 20 characters using only numbers and characters.
    • Do not use your own name in the file name.

Email Confirmation

AwardSpring will email a submission cofirmation. Questions regarding the online submission process should be addressed to sigmatdapply@niu.edu.

Editing

You may edit your submission up until the submission deadline.

  • Login
  • In the box listing your name click on the edit icon and follow through the form. Be sure to submit and continue through the entire form to ensure your changes are submitted.

Additional Information

  1. Submissions are limited to one total for both journals. You may choose either a critical or creative submission. That is, you may submit one critical essay for the Sigma Tau Delta Review, OR you may submit one work of fiction, one work of nonfiction, or a group of up to three poems to the  Sigma Tau Delta Rectangle.
  2. Contributors will receive confirmations and acceptances through email using the email address you used to set up your AwardSpring account. It is vital to keep your email addresses for communications.
  3. Acceptance and denial notifications will be sent by August.
  4. Authors of accepted submissions will be asked to submit a biography to be included in the publication.

Questions regarding the online submission process should be addressed to sigmatdapply@niu.edu.